Lao Tzu quote about victory from Tao Te Ching - How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
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How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (4th century BC). copy citation

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Author Lao Tzu
Source Tao Te Ching
Topic victory joy slaughter
Date 4th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Weblink https://terebess.hu/english/tao/mitchell.html

Context

“If the peace has been shattered, how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a funeral.
32 The Tao can't be perceived.
Smaller than an electron, it contains uncountable galaxies.” source

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